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20 March 2014

A 1,500 year old Antarctica moss is revived, a water-rich mineral found in Brazil, and saving one of Darwin’s finches from extinction.

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Scientists are trying to save Darwin's mangrove finch from extinction. Birgit Fessl via Charles Darwin Foundation.

Brazil

An international team of scientists have found a mineral in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state that might shed light on the existence of large volumes of water trapped beneath the Earth’s surface. The mineral is named ringwoodite and is rich in water (1.5% weight).

Antarctica

British researchers who found an Antarctic moss that lived 1,500 years ago have revived the organism.

Ecuador

Scientists from three recognized institutions have joined forces to save an endangered finch studied 180 years ago by Charles Darwin. The mangrove finch is found only in a small area of Galapagos Islands. Specialists incubated eggs collected from nests to try to reduce mortality which currently exceeds 95%.

Argentina

The songs of canaries are the result of the interconnectedness of different parts of the brain, according to a study by Argentine scientists. These results will allow scientists to advance the study of mechanisms that control speech in humans.

Argentine scientists have developed the first yeast that is 100% of the Cuyo wine-producing region.

Colombia

A Colombian scientist is looking at magnetic resonance images (MRI) for the diagnosis and study of Alzheimer’s disease. He is currently developing a tool to analyze and process images using mathematical techniques.